YAY! It’s Football Season! In fact, right now we are a month into the season and I am already starting to feel the affects. Weight gain and sluggish from sitting on the couch all Sunday afternoon with plenty of snacks on the coffee table. (YUP! I’m parked on the couch!)
With the first whistle blow from the official, Football Season seems to provide a wide range of reasons to eat badly. It starts in August with pre-season and goes right on through Superbowl Sunday. Typically during this time of year our eating habits include foods and drinks that are VERY delicious, yet carry negative effects.
So I wondered “how could someone have a fun football season and still fit in the clothes that they wore during pre-season?” Below are 10 tips that could possibly help you reach that goal. They may seem like no brainers but if you take heed you will survive another year without moving to the next waist size.
So enjoy the season…and Go Pack GO! 😉
10 Tips to a Healthy Football Season
- First things first, don’t even think about dieting during the holiday season. That is, don’t start a new diet. Your biggest play during our most favorite season is to maintain your weight. This way you can partake in your favorite beverage and snacks without any guilt.
- Another good way to avoid packin’ on the pudge is to stay seated and far away from the food table. (Aka., no snacks on the coffee table next to the couch you’re sitting on!)
Have something simple and delicious. I would recommend a light dip with either multi-grain chips or wheat bread. That way you have something that is somewhat healthy to munch on. Salsa with homemade baked tortilla chips have been my favorite lately.
- Beverages tend to be our favorites for many of us during this time of year, so be wise in your selection. If you must have a mixed drink, try something like a clear liquor and diet soda, a light or ultra light beer, or a nice glass of wine. I know wine doesn’t scream TOUCH DOWN, but it is an alternative. Remember this shouldn’t be painful, just well thought-out. (And of course remember…absolutely NO drinking of any sorts and driving home after the game!)
- Good or bad, football games tend to be lengthy. Use this to your advantage and take part in the eating and drinking at a slow pace. The slower your intake, the better chance you will fit into your favorite jeans come spring time. (I know, easier said than done. Especially when it is a close scoring game or the play-offs!)
- Chase the kids or take a walk during halftime. Whatever it takes to make sure you keep up on some type of activity other than couch coaching and channel surfing. Winter time is hard enough for many people with the cold and darkness, so some activity will help you gain or maintain physical and mental sharpness.
If you are going to tailgate (of which we are famous for at Lambeau Field), eat at at home before you head to the football stadium or over a friend’s house. This should help prevent a complete submersion in to the food and drinks. Believe me when I tell you, you will feel much better knowing you don’t have to drive home with your pants unbuttoned, either because of pressure or an untimely stomach pain. (See my Healthy Snacks board on Pinterest for healthy, delicious recipe ideas)
- Eat some chicken wings, not the entire chicken. I think that’s clear and best of all it applies to all food! And anyway…who wants to get stains all over their new Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers jersey?!
- If you are hosting a football game party, stack the odds on your side by putting veggies and light snacks out rather than the pizza and wings. I mean really, do we pay that much any attention to what we eat while we are watching a game. So long as the drinks are cold and our food crunches, we score.
- This rule applies all year long. Stay far and away from fast food joints. It may seem like a good idea while you’re on your way to the game but we all know it’s not filling.
What do you think of these 10 Tips to a Healthy Football Season?
What do you do to eat healthy during Football Season?
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